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Initially Posted - 04/04/2021 :  06:59:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just some musings . . . .

This is more for those living in the northeast US, however may pertain to other areas as well. Having lived in the same area for most of my life, and not being a spring chicken, I cannot remember a year with as many "gale warnings" or 'Small Craft Advisory's" as this one. In fact since December 1 there have been 63 days with such advisory/warnings on western Long Island Sound! Tomorrow yet another. Equally, my little neighborhood has lost many large "specimen" trees over the past six months because of the winds. So, call it global warming or whatever my concern is ---- if this keeps up what will this summer sailing conditions be?

Maybe I need to invest in a storm trysail!

Peter Bigelow
C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick
Rowayton, Ct
Port Captain: Rowayton/Norwalk/Darien CT

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Response Posted - 04/09/2021 :  22:11:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete, I agree, being right up the pike from you. We’ve had plenty of gales and high wind warnings in a season — Dec to Mar — when we get most of our windy days. In addition to the winds felling trees, the trees themselves appear to be more diseased than ever before with invasive bug species like woolly adelgids killing hemlocks, ash borer beetles taking down 4 huge ash trees in my yard and something else killing my white pine trees.
Summertime hereabouts usually has the least windy days. Long Island Sound usually sees winds that are SW @ 5-10 kts from June 1 to mid-September. Occasionally, with the passage of a cold front we’ll get NW @20 with gusts to 30. Or winds associated with thunderstorms. Hopefully shorten sail at those times.
Might be a good idea to have a staysail handy for those windier days.

Bruce Ross
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Response Posted - 04/10/2021 :  04:08:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok so I'm not alone in thinking there are an unusual amount of high wind days lately.

Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound

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